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Edgar Mitchell, the 6th Man to Walk on the Moon, Dies

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

This is sad. Only 12 men have set foot on the moon and Edgar was the 6th. As Apollo 14’s Lunar Module pilot, his main job was to transport himself and fellow astronaut Alan Shepard to the moon’s surface and back to the Command Module safely. He easily did so. Apollo 14 was an especially tense trip after the near disaster of Apollo 13.


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Edgar Mitchell on the Moon

A few years ago I was invited by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to do the ribbon cutting for the opening of CSI: The Experience at the Space Museum in Huntsville, AL—my hometown. Marshall is very engaged in developing new and improved forensic science techniques and equipment.

It was a very special experience, particularly for a boy who grew up with Von Braun’s rocket boosters periodically shaking the ground and building rockets in my backyard. At the reception, which was held at the Davidson Center For Space Exploration, I met Edgar. He was an intelligent and witty man. So long, Edgar, you are a national hero.


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Space Museum Huntsville, AL

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Davidson Center for Space Exploration

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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Space Program, Uncategorized


Crime and Science Radio: Tracking Down the Bad Guys: A Conversation with Retired US Marshal and Novelist Marc Cameron

Join Jan Burke and me as we welcome retire US Marshal Marc Cameron and discuss how the Marshals track down the bad guys—from Texas to Alaska. It’s a great show. Don’t miss it.

BIO: Marc Cameron is a retired Chief Deputy US Marshal and 29-year law enforcement veteran. His short stories have appeared in BOYS’ LIFE Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post. He’s published eleven novels, six of them Westerns.

BRUTE FORCE, sixth in his USA Today Bestselling Jericho Quinn Thriller series, is available December 2016 from Kensington. A second degree black belt in Ju Jitsu, Marc teaches defensive tactics to law enforcement agencies and civilian groups.

He lives in Alaska with his beautiful bride and BMW motorcycle.


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Crime and Science Radio: Men of Valor: An Interview with Author and Weapons Expert John F. Mullins, Major U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)



BIO: Born and raised in Southwest Oklahoma, John Mullins graduated from High School at 17 and was in the U.S. Army the next day.  In short order he was trained as an Infantryman, and then joined the 101st Airborne Division, where he became a paratrooper.

He then volunteered for a little-known (at that time) outfit called Special Forces, was trained as a medic, then joined an “A” Team and was deployed with that team to a fighting camp in the Republic of South Vietnam.  After his return to the U.S. he went to French Language School, then Officer Candidate School, after which he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.  Subsequently he went to Ranger School and was then reassigned to Special Forces, returning to Vietnam with another “A” Team.  During a battle in the Central Highlands he was recommended for and received a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart for wounds.

Back in the U.S. he was assigned to the U.S. Army Infantry School as the original instructor for a system of reactive shooting techniques.  In 1968 he volunteered to return to Vietnam and served a tour with Studies and Observations Group (SOG), at one and the same time the most classified and most hazardous unit ever to serve in that war.  During this tour he received his second Silver Star for valor.  He then extended his tour to be the only U.S. serviceperson in the much-maligned but highly effective Phoenix Program, neutralizing the Viet Cong infrastructure in the top two provinces in South Vietnam.

For the next ten years he served as a Special Forces officer in Europe and the U.S., participating in training and operational assignments in Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America, and Asia.

After retirement from the military he worked, sometimes as an employee, other times as a contractor, for a variety of U.S. Government agencies.  Some of the highlights of that period include:

Training a special battalion of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. This battalion later distinguished itself in the Battle of Khafji during the first gulf war.

Providing protection for judges in Colombia during the height of cartel violence as a part of the U.S. Department of Justice’ International Criminal Training and Assistance Program.

Trained aviation security personnel from 83 countries as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s AntiTerrorism Assistance Program.

Providing Threat Assessments and Vulnerability Analysis to airports in Uzbekistan, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and General Aviation Airports throughout the United States.

Ran Personal Protection teams for High-Risk individuals and families in the U.S. and abroad.

Trained Police Officers in Advanced Tactical Techniques.

Invented and patented a Non-Toxic Frangible ammunition now being used by police agencies throughout the U.S.

Still serve as a consultant to the firearms and ammunition industry, including a major Swiss-based multinational company.

Still on-call for security operations.

Recently re-wrote and modernized the Aviation Security Plans for the Republic of Ghana.



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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in Crime and Science Radio, Uncategorized


Crime and Science Radio: Bones Tell the Tale: An Interview With Forensic Anthropologist and Best-selling Author Kathy Reichs

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BIO: Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan novels include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones Are Forever, and Bones of the Lost, and the Temperance Brennan e-short, Bones In Her Pocket. In addition, Kathy co-authors the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The best-selling titles are: Virals, Seizure, Code, and Exposure, along with two Virals e-novellas, Shift and Swipe. These books follow the adventures of Temperance Brennan’s great niece, Tory Brennan.  Dr. Reichs is also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Dr. Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC (Formerly CILHI) she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Dr. Reichs also assisted with identifying remains found at ground zero of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Reichs is one of only eighty-two forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Montreal, Québec.



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FBI Coming to ThrillerFest



Are you going to ThrillerFest next July? If so, join us for a Pre-Conference Workshop. Space is very limited so sign up now.

Today’s FBI: Crime Essentials For Writers

WHEN: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 (Full-day workshop, exact time to be determined soon)

WHERE: FBI Headquarters, 290 Broadway, New York, New York

WHAT: Hear from FBI experts in Cybercrime, International Terrorism, Criminal Investigations, and More

COST: $100/per person, which includes lunch, drinks, and snacks

Last year’s event was a huge success, so we are offering the workshop again this year. Space is limited.

If you have already registered for ThrillerFest, please email Registrar Dennis Kennett at so that he can add the workshop to your registration. The credit card you used for registration will be used for payment.

In your email, if you are a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide the first, middle, and last name shown on your birth certificate; birth city, birth state, and birth country; birth date; and Social Security number.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, the information needed is the first, middle, and last name shown on your birth certificate; country of citizenship; birth date; and your passport number.

Please, no middle initials – full middle names only. This information is used by the FBI to vet your entrance into the building to attend the workshop. If you prefer to provide this information via telephone, you can call Dennis at 636-938-7163.

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If you are not registered, please go to You will find the workshop as one of the choices available on the Agenda page.You will need to provide the same information as above. You can register for this pre-conference workshop as a standalone event without registering for the rest of the ThrillerFest conference. But Master CraftFest, CraftFest, PitchFest, ThrillerFest and the Awards Banquet are right there at your fingertips – why miss out on the year’s premiere events in the thriller genre?

Whether you are checking facts, or writing and researching your next novel, if you need a better understanding of the FBI, this seminar is for you!

Warmest regards,

Kimberley Howe, Executive Director, ThrillerFest

DP Lyle, ITW VP for Education; CraftFest/Master CraftFest Director

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Posted by on November 28, 2015 in Uncategorized


Crime and Science Radio: Identifying The Dead, Finding The Missing: An Interview With Todd Matthews of NamUs

BIO: Todd Matthews is the Director of Case Management and Communications for NamUs. He  joined the NamUs management team in 2011 as the program transitioned to the UNT Health Science Center. In his current role, he manages the NamUs Regional System Administrator staff, oversees quality assurance and quality control of NamUs data, performs outreach and training, coordinates all NamUs print and broadcast media, and serves as the media spokesperson for NamUs.

Todd Matthews previously served as a NamUs Regional System Administrator and was a member of the NamUs Advisory Board for the development of the NamUs database and program. In those roles, he piloted efforts to coordinate data exchanges between NamUs and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

He has also served as the Media Director for two important volunteer programs related to missing and unidentified persons: The Doe Network and Project EDAN. He has worked as a blogger for Discovery ID and served as a consultant for Jerry Brukheimer on “The Forgotten” and Dick Wolf on “Lost & Found”, two scripted series related to missing and unidentified persons.



NamUs: National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Center for Human Identification/Forensic Science Unit

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Project EDAN

“Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nation’s Silent Mass Disaster,” NIJ report by Nancy Ritter.

“Identifying Missing Persons and Unidentified Decedents” NIJ Website Law Enforcement topics

The Doe Network:

Black and Missing Foundatation

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

PBS Frontline‘s “Post Mortem” series map of death investigation in the U.S.

“Uniform Protocol to Address Unidentified Human Remains and Missing Persons,” Marzena H. Mulawka, Ismail M. Sebetan, and Paul C. Stein, in The Journal of Forensic Identification, available through NCJRS

“Resolving Missing and Unidentified Person Cases Using Today’s Technologies,” Dustin Driscoll, National Missing and Unidentified Persons (NamUs) Analyst, in The Police Chief Magazine, May 2013


Interview with Laurent Guillaume, French Police Officer and Author of White Leopard




Cops and Writers

Laurent Guillaume is a multiple-award-winning French writer and former police officer. In law enforcement, he worked anti-gang, narcotics, financial crimes, and served in Mali as advisor to the local police. His first novel to be translated into English is a hard-boiled PI story set in West Africa: White Leopard, published by Le French Book.

Does being a cop help to write a mystery novel?

It is both an asset and toxic. My novels necessarily borrow from reality, so being a cop is an advantage. But I also think it is a trap. In a mystery, the writer’s main preoccupation has to be the plot.

In your novels, politicians are never very clean.

I think the quest for power has a negative impact on everyone who goes after it. Politics has the power to corrupt on many levels because it lives off of everything that is toxic in our society: money, dissimulation and lies. One has to overcome so many obstacles to attain power that it becomes a kind of Grail, and overcomes its original raison d’être: public good. But there are politicians who are driven by a real sense of democracy, by honest political conviction and humanism. I like to believe that even the worst people can at certain times and under certain circumstances prove to have some purity. The opposite is true as well. It is just a matter of proportion.

You seem to leave the reader to judge. Is this done on purpose?

I don’t like the idea of telling a reader how to think or what to like or not like about my novels. I don’t judge, I tell a story. Moral judgments are for philosophers. All of my characters are made of shadow and light, like in life. You are free to love them or hate them for what they are. But I don’t want them to leave you indifferent. Indifference is the harshest criticism.

Tell us a little something about the genre you chose for this book.

White Leopard is what I would call a “hard-boiled African” thriller. I went back to the codes of the 1930s-1940s hard-boiled detective novel (tough, alcoholic PI; the femme fatale who brings him a complicated, perilous case; etc.) and then I transposed them to contemporary Africa. And it worked.

What inspired you to write this book? Is it based on real events or your own experience?

When I worked at the French Embassy in Mali, I was in charge of police cooperation, particularly with regards to drug trafficking and organized crime. At the time, I worked on a case called “Air Cocaine” as a consultant for the Malian authorities. It didn’t take long to find some material for a good mystery in there. For that matter, a better part of the novel is based on real events.


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By Laurent Guillaume

Hard-boiled African Noir. Everything is possible and nothing is certain. A man torn between two continents finds himself in a dangerous confrontation between tradition and corruption. Solo is a former cop who ran away from a dark past in France to start his life over again in Bamako, Mali, as a PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful.

WHITE LEOPARD (Le French Book, November 2015; $16.95) was first published in French. The story was inspired by a real case that occurred while the author was stationed in Mali as advisor to the local police.


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Release date: November 19, 2015

Trade paperback $16.95; 240 pages ISBN: 978-1-9394-7450-6 e-book: 978-1-9394-7451-3 – hardback (library edition): 978-1-9394-7452-0

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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


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